Portrait of Douglas Nix, wearing a dark blaazer over a denim shirt without a tie.

Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Dou­glas (Doug) Nix, C.E.T., SM-IEEE’14, is co-own­er of Com­pli­ance inSight Con­sult­ing, Inc. (https://www.complianceinsight.ca) in Kitch­en­er, Ontario, Canada.

His back­ground cov­ers more than 35 years of engi­neer­ing tech­nol­o­gy expe­ri­ence, includ­ing prod­uct test­ing, indus­tri­al con­trol sys­tem design and machin­ery safety.


Doug Nix spe­cial­izes in machin­ery safe­ty and risk assess­ment meth­ods and process­es. He has stud­ied, applied, and taught risk assess­ment prin­ci­ples and process­es since 1996.

Since grad­u­at­ing from Sheri­dan Col­lege in 1985, Doug has worked in the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, con­sult­ing, elec­tri­cal prod­ucts man­u­fac­tur­ing, and automa­tion sys­tems industries.


Doug has writ­ten exten­sive­ly for indus­try trade mag­a­zines, the OACETT Tech­nol­o­gist, and the IEEE PSES Newslet­ter. He has pub­lished sev­er­al papers pri­vate­ly and through the IEEE relat­ing risk assess­ment, func­tion­al safe­ty and machin­ery safe­ty. Read Doug’s research con­tri­bu­tions on Research­Gate. Read Doug’s research con­tri­bu­tions on IEEE Xplore.

Standards Development

Doug Nix is a mem­ber of the fol­low­ing pro­fes­sion­al organizations:

  • Ontario Asso­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Engi­neer­ing Tech­ni­cians and Tech­nol­o­gists (OACETT) since 1991
  • Insti­tute for Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ic Engi­neers (IEEE) since 2004
  • IEEE Senior Mem­ber since 2014
  • Prod­uct Safe­ty Engi­neer­ing Soci­ety (PSES) since 2004
  • Indus­tri­al Appli­ca­tions Soci­ety (IAS) since 2010
  • Cana­di­an Stan­dards Asso­ci­a­tion (CSA) since 2007
  • Stan­dards Coun­cil of Cana­da (SCC) since 2012

Doug Nix serves on many CSA, IEC, and ISO Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tees relat­ed to his work, including:

  • CSA C22.2 No. 301, Indus­tri­al Elec­tri­cal Equipment
  • CSA W117.2, Safe­ty in Weld­ing, cut­ting and allied processes
  • CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery
  • CSA Z1002, OHS Risk Assessment
  • SCC Stan­dards Mir­ror Com­mit­tees to 
    • IEC TC/65/SC65A Indus­tri­al-process mea­sure­ment, con­trol and automation—Systems aspects
    • IEC TC/121/SC121B Switchgear and con­trol­gear and their assem­blies for low voltage—Low-voltage switchgear and con­trol­gear assemblies
    • ISO/IEC Joint Task Force on the Con­cept of Risk and Asso­ci­at­ed Terms
    • ISOPC 329, Con­sumer inci­dent investigation
    • ISO TC 83/WG 6, Sport and recreation—Risk assessment 
    • ISO TC 199, Safe­ty of machinery
    • ISO TC 270, Plas­tic and rub­ber machinery


Doug writes the Machin­ery Safe­ty 101 blog, explor­ing var­i­ous machin­ery safe­ty-relat­ed topics.

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